Future Happening Now – Trillions in Flying Cars, Quantum Computers, EVs

The technology that we long believed would characterize the future has not just gotten billions in investment but there are many companies with multi-billion valuations to transform the world to future technology. There are things like quantum computers and flying cars. Thirteen years ago in 2008, Nextbigfuture discussed a radically transformation of the world with …

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Flying Cars and Skyports Versus Tunnels and Self-driving Electric Cars

Uber is trying to commercialize ride-sharing electric flying taxis within 5 years. Uber wants to have two demonstrator flights by 2020. Uber wants to begin commercial flights in 2023. Uber needs to build many Skyports where their electric flying vehicles would provide locations where people would load and disembark from near-personal flying taxis. Uber wants …

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Bell Unveiled a Full Scale VTOL Air Taxi at CES and Elon Says the 2020 Tesla Roadster Will Be Able to Fly

The SpaceX option package for new Tesla Roadster will include ~10 small rocket thrusters arranged seamlessly around car. These rocket engines dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering. Maybe they will even allow a Tesla to fly. Elon and Tesla are serious about putting in cold air thrusters. SpaceX cold gas thrusters in place …

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MIT spinout flying car company Terrafugia bought by Geely is well funded to sell flying cars starting in 2019

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group bought flying car company Terrafugia in 2017 and they are planning to bring commercially sell the first flying car in 2019, in the United States. Geely is also the parent company of Volvo. They will bring the roadable plane that they have been flying for several years to market. There are …

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Airbus flying electric taxi is on track for flight tests in 2018

City Airbus Project multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (flying electric taxi) is on track for maiden flight in 2018. London, Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propeller-and-duct system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. …

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Airbus looking at large drones, flying cars with tests starting 2023

Airbus has set itself a goal of having a serialized production Urban Air Mobility (UAM) system ready for testing in a major city as early as 2023. The company is investing in two UAM research programs, CityAirbus, being developed in Europe by Airbus Helicopters under the group’s chief technology office (CTO), and the Vahana being …

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Commercial flying cars offered for $1.2 to $1.6 million with 2020 delivery

AeroMobil is offering the first flying cars. The company’s first edition will be limited to 500 units, but the first 25 Flying Cars ordered will receive special “Founders Edition” perks, including an “expanded benefits package.” The price for such luxury? Somewhere between $1.2 and $1.6 million, depending on the specifications. Pre-orders placed now won’t ship …

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VTOL electric plane with 36 engines has successful test flight and will enable air taxi service

The Lilium Jet successfully completed its maiden test flight series in the skies above Bavaria. The 2-seater Eagle prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight. Lilium has invented a completely new aircraft concept for the modern age. While vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) …

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